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Dalglish has watching brief on Liverpool loanees

Jonjo Shelvey moved to Blackpool on loan last week and scored on his debut and Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has reassured the 19-year-old about his future at Anfield as well as others who have been allowed to leave Anfield on a temporary basis. "It's helpful to everybody. Jonjo's a very promising player for us but the difficulty for us is to get him a game," Dalglish told liverpoolfc.tv.

"He needs games and it's a fantastic opportunity for Jonjo to do that.

"It's educational for us because we'll get to see him play and it'll also be educational for Jonjo because he's playing at a good level with a good club.

"It is important for us to use as many opportunities as we can to develop the players and if we can't give them games here then we've got to look to get them playing somewhere else.

"It's a chance for Jonjo to develop and push harder for a first-team spot here.

"We've put him out because we want him educated and to see him develop, not because we want to see him go. It's purely progress for him."

Seven players are currently out on loan - the most high-profile being Joe Cole at Lille and Alberto Aquilani at AC Milan.

"They're not forgotten. We keep monitoring them so we know where we're going," Dalglish added.

"For Alberto it's an opportunity for him to go back home and if he does well then they'll purchase him.

"For Joe Cole it was a fantastic opportunity for him to go and play Champions League football and also in France, which is a league that I think will suit Joe down to the ground and he's done really well since he's gone there."

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